Books I’ve Read or am reading in January and their reviews.

Books I’ve Read or am reading in January and their reviews.

Books I’ve Read or am reading in January and their reviews.

 

By, Patty L. Fletcher

 

January 21, 2024

 

Moon Phase Waxing Gibbous

 

 

 

Good afternoon, everyone. I hope you’re doing splendid on this sun filled snowy #SublimeSunday.

Blue and I finally ventured out earlier this morning. It was a blistering 18 degrees with no wind and full sun and it was magnificent.

Blue got to sniff and snort in the snow while doing his thing and I got to walk on sidewalks which were mostly clear and snow that wasn’t like walking on a snow cone.

January has been a busy month. I’ve been working full speed ahead on the second book in ‘The Blended Lives Chronicles’ series. I’ve been invited into two anthologies, both of which will require original work, (shiver) as well as joining a couple of committees.

Our day starts somewhere around 5 AM so by 8 or 9 Blue and I are ready to snuggle up underneath the comforter, with a bone for him and glass of wine or whisky for me, a video binge of Ancient Civilizations, an ACB Community call or good book.

This month, it appears, books have been our go to, so I hope you enjoy my sharing.

I’m sure there will be more in future.

Happy reading and blessid be.

 

14-peck slip DB40399

Dee, Ed. Reading time: 8 hours, 2 minutes.

Read by Ray Foushee.

 

Mystery and Detective Stories

 

NYPD partners Joe Gregory and Anthony Ryan are on surveillance hoping to spot Mafia goings-on at the fish market when they see three men dump a barrel into the river. Convinced it contains a body, Gregory calls for divers. But the first barrel they find contains the skeleton of a long-missing cop. Ecstatic over the once-in-a-lifetime case, Gregory digs deeper and deeper until he learns the sobering truth. Strong language and violence.

 

My thoughts.

 

Fast-paced detective work at its best. A great mystery to suck you in from moment one.

There must be more books like this but if there is a series, I couldn’t find it. There sure should be one though.

Great read.

Act of war: a thriller DB79729

Thor, Brad. Reading time: 13 hours, 51 minutes.

Read by Jim Zeiger.

 

Suspense Fiction

Bestsellers

 

A CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested. America’s new president turns to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two dangerous operations–which constitute acts of war.

Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2014.

 

How I missed this book when reading the Scot Harvath series is beyond me. If you’ve not read the series, I recommend you begin at the beginning.

The Scot Harvath series is one with characters you enjoy getting to know, grieve when they get shot, stabbed, or blown up, unless they deserved it in which case, I suppose you stop your player to cheer.

I read audio books for the most part, so sorry or the reference for those who always read in braille or print.

Anyhow, a terrific book, especially if you like a bullet flying round every corner and a bomb falling from various great high places, this is the book series for you.

American assassin: a thriller DB 71925

Flynn, Vince. Reading time 11 hours, 21 minutes.

Read by Jack Fox. A production of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.

 

Subjects: Spy Stories; Bestsellers

 

Series: CIA agent Mitch Rapp Volume: 01

 

Description: CIA operations director Thomas Stansfield entrusts Irene Kennedy and Stan Hurley with forming a clandestine group to counter the threat of Islamic militants after the 1988 Lockerbie plane disaster. College athlete Mitch Rapp, whose girlfriend died flying home, is recruited and sent to Istanbul. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

 

Fabulous! Excellent! I am hooked on another bloody series. Well, bloody is expletive, and literal. There is lots of blood.

Anyhow, something to enjoy during a blowy winter’s night.

 

Kill shot: an American assassin thriller DB74325

Flynn, Vince. Reading time: 10 hours, 17 minutes.

Read by Jack Fox. A production of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.

 

Suspense Fiction

Bestsellers

 

CIA assassin Mitch Rapp is ambushed in the Paris hotel room of one of his terrorist targets. He escapes with serious injuries and goes on the run not only from his unknown assailants but also his fellow operatives, who now consider him a liability. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

I’ve not started this one yet. I got sidetracked reading the following…

 

Sycamore Row DB77720

Grisham, John. Reading time: 18 hours, 27 minutes.

Read by David Hartley-Margolin.

 

Bestsellers

Legal Fiction

 

Still reeling from the racially charged case in A Time to Kill (DB 35891), attorney Jake Brigance learns he has been hired–posthumously–by reclusive Seth Hubbard. Before hanging himself, Hubbard wrote a will that cut out his children and bestowed his wealth on his black housekeeper. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

 

Guess what? There’s a Jake Brigance series!

WAHOO!

This grabbed my attention while looking through the NLS bestseller’s listings and the next thing I knew I was battling crooked lawyers, befriending judges, and hanging my ass out in the wind.

Legal fiction tends to carry me away, so I read a lot of it.

Here’s more below. if you need more proof. LOL

 

 

The exchange: after the firm DB116410

Grisham, John. Reading time: 9 hours, 4 minutes.

Read by Edoardo Ballerini.

 

Suspense Fiction

Mystery and Detective Stories

Legal Fiction

 

“What became of Mitch and Abby McDeere after they exposed the crimes of Memphis law firm Bendini, Lambert & Locke and fled the country? The answer is in The Exchange, the riveting sequel to The Firm, the blockbuster thriller that launched the career of America’s favorite storyteller. It is now fifteen years later, and Mitch and Abby are living in Manhattan, where Mitch is a partner at the largest law firm in the world. When a mentor in Rome asks him for a favor that will take him far from home, Mitch finds himself at the center of a sinister plot that has worldwide implications—and once again endangers his colleagues, friends, and family. Mitch has become a master at staying one step ahead of his adversaries, but this time there’s nowhere to hide.” — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

 

Well, first I had to go back and read…

 

The firm DB32026

Grisham, John. Reading time: 13 hours, 34 minutes.

Read by David Hartley-Margolin.

 

Bestsellers

Legal Fiction

 

Bendini, Lambert, and Locke is a Memphis law firm specializing in taxes and making millionaires. The extensive dossier it has on Mitchell Y. McDeere indicates he is just the man for their firm. To Mitch, their job offer seems too good to be true. He accepts, and it isn’t long before he begins to realize that the firm is not what it appears to be. Suddenly Mitch finds himself between a rock and a hard place. Some strong language. Bestseller.

 

I read this and The Exchange back-to-back and it was a thrillercoster.

Wonderfully riveting, the edge of your seat suspense, and twists and turns the like of which I’ve not seen in some time.

When I finished reading these two books I decided, no more piddling around. I’m going to write strong and brave. My characters will do as they need to and if people are upset by my brightly told stories, well, I cannot worry about it. Most people want the real nitty gritty and these two books deliver a healthy helping.

One thing I would like to add. Mich’s wife carried the day in The Exchange. Mitch might be smart, but Abby is amazing.

 

 

 

The hunt DB 107882

Arbor, Jack. Reading time 10 hours, 44 minutes.

Read by Andy Pyle. A production of National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress.

 

Subjects: Suspense Fiction; Spy Stories

 

Description: Former KGB assassin Max Austin must choose between rescuing a friend or saving his family. Haunted by a mysterious shadow that dogs him at every turn, he journeys through the treacherous Turkish desert, the harsh confines of Washington, DC, and the dirty alleyways of Cyprus searching for clues from his past. Sequel to The Attack (DB 107894). Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2019.

 

This is yet another series, and it doesn’t look like NLS has them all or at least I couldn’t find them so Audible may be getting more business soon.

Worth the use of a credit and great reading all the way around.

Suspenseful, a little unbelievable at times but action paced from first to last page.

You will want more.

 

The Russian assassin DB107892

Arbor, Jack. Reading time: 9 hours, 7 minutes.

Read by John Haag.

 

Suspense Fiction

Spy Stories

 

Former KGB assassin Max Austin’s peaceful life in Paris is shattered when his mother’s imminent death brings him back to a world he only wants to forget. Running for his life, Max uncovers secrets about his father’s past. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

 

Yep, told you, more. There’s a bunch of these, and I hope I can find them all.

I enjoy these sorts of books and it’s lovely when I can let them carry me away.

I don’t sleep well. Suffering from insomnia as I do, I just had to read…

 

Insomnia by Stephen King.

I’d read it before, but this is a dramatized version from Audible and the narration was creep factor 100 percent.

I could’ve done without a few of the little mood music breaks, they were jangling to the ear and nerves. I suppose they fit the moments but not always.

Sometimes I think music should be left for the turntable and let a good book with a creative narrator carry the day.

JMO of course.

 

Publisher’s summary

A number-one national best seller

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier until he’s barely sleeping at all. During his late-night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people’s heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

There’s a definite mean streak running through this small New England city; underneath its ordinary surface awesome and terrifying forces are at work. The dying has been going on in Derry for a long, long time. Now Ralph is part of it…and lack of sleep is the least of his worries.

Returning to the same Maine town where It took place, a town that has haunted Stephen King for decades, Insomnia blends King’s trademark bone-chilling realism with supernatural terror to create yet another masterpiece of suspense.

©1994 Stephen King (P)1994 Penguin Audio

Buy it here.

 

I did thoroughly enjoy the narration. The guy got the creepy parts exactly right.

I forgave the music and just enjoyed the read.

It was great to visit with Ralf and Lois and the Old Crocks out at the extension. Someday I hope to visit the towns I read of in Stephen King’s books. At least the ones that are real. Ah, who am I kidding? I’d visit Midworld with Roland any day. Oh, well, I’d best not get too sidetracked here because I’ve just begun reading…

 

The 7th canon DB87507

Dugoni, Robert. Reading time: 9 hours, 34 minutes.

Read by David Hartley-Margolin.

 

Suspense Fiction

Mystery and Detective Stories

Legal Fiction

 

Since passing the bar three years ago, San Francisco attorney Peter Donley has worked for his uncle Lou. The day Lou is asked to represent a priest accused of murder and pedophilia, he has a stroke. Taking over the distasteful case quickly puts Donley in danger. Violence and some strong language. 2016.

 

I believe I may have read a book or two out of this series some time ago. Maybe I didn’t realize how many there were, or maybe I didn’t realize it was a series at all.

There was a time not so long ago, when I was relegated to waiting on whatever came in the mail, so series were at times hard to read.

Now, I’ve got digital download galore and I’m admittedly a book hog.

So, I’m off to read the afternoon away while I do a little housekeeping in readiness for the week ahead.

I understand a warming trend is on the way, and it cannot get here too soon for me. The old bones do not like the cold as they did so winter and I are not great friends.

Of course, it does give a good excuse for an early prop up in bed with a big Blue dog, a blanket and book, so I suppose it’s not all bad.

For now, the coffee is hot, the weather is not and that’s the way we love it.

Thanks for visiting me in Patty’s Worlds.

Happy reading and blessid be.

 

Thanks to TTW Marketing Sponsor – Butterfly Thomas for helping make this post possible.

 

 

Get with the Program (Poetically Speaking)

By Butterfly Thomas / C 2023

In e–book ($2.99), paperback ($7.50), and hardcover ($16.00) on Amazon / 143 pages in print

For full details of this book and the author’s previous four books, visit her website:

https://www.dldbooks.com/bthomas/

Her first book was a novel, a gritty urban thriller titled Head Held High.

 

Synopsis:

 

In this, her fourth volume of poetry, Butterfly Thomas offers us her customary buffet of clever rhymes, plays on words, double entendres, reflections on relationships of many sorts, and sharp social commentary.

 

“Speak Life” tells of the value of kind and positive words to others, while “Ain’t I a Woman” speaks boldly of a woman’s right to her own opinions and her expression of them. “Corner Store” is an upbeat display of Black dialect and friendship, while “Strumming,” “Nawlins Heat,” and “That Sax Though” are unabashedly sensual. The haunting cover image of the moon and clouds was inspired by “Even Darkness.”

 

Seven of the poems, in the section Opening Remarks, are addressed to children who are growing up fast. There are also wrenching reflections on the mortality of both old and young.  Just a sample of the variety the reader will find here: “The Meaning” talks about Christmas, “Crown” celebrates the diversity of Black hair styles, “Twisted Ladders” explores genetics, and “Detox” has a very surprising ending.

 

Google will be your valued companion as you seek the meanings of what will most likely be new words, names, and expressions for many. Examples include chark, orishas, kete, oubliette, Anuket, Kemet, and on fleek.

 

But what is such deeply personal poetry if not an invitation to exploration? That’s the point of it, its aim. Here, as in her previous books of poetry, the author not only invites you into her world and soul, but also into the wider world of reflection upon how her views and experiences align or contrast with your own.

 

Description of the cover for blind or visually impaired readers:

 

Slightly left of center on the cover, the silver–white full moon is partially obscured by wisps of dark clouds. The reflected light on the clouds makes them appear gray or reddish–brown close to the moon, while the areas farther out are black or close to black. At the top of the cover is the title in white, curving letters. At the bottom of the cover is the author’s name in very pale, warm beige. The spine and the back of the book are black, with white lettering in a plainer font. The author’s signature purple and yellow butterfly graces the lower left corner of the back cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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